It’s no secret that the curly hair movement is picking up momentum. It seems like there are more and more women turning away from relaxed tresses and opting to embrace their natural hair texture. One of the leading natural beauty brands, Carol’s Daughter has recently launched transitioningmovement.com along with the Transitioning 1-2-3 Kit.

We recently caught up with the Carol’s Daughter founder and hair guru Lisa Price for her expert tips and advice about the transitioning process:

1. Learn your hair’s texture, so you can cater to its needs.

In the curly hair world, there are curl patterns and classifications that help people define their hair’s needs. Whether you agree with this system or not, Lisa Price said it’s important to know your hair’s texture to ensure that you’re properly caring for it. “I think they’re (curl patterns) important so that people can understand which product they need. Unfortunately, I’m not well-versed on it. I think some people need that kind of structure.”

2. Don’t forget to moisturize.

Washing and conditioning are pivotal for nourishing curly hair, but don’t skip out on moisture. “People were going straight from cleanse to a pudding or a gel and they weren’t putting moisture in their hair, then they’re wondering why its (their hair) so dry all of the time. Well, it’s because you’re not moisturizing. You’re shampooing and conditioning it and maybe you leave a little conditioner in, but you’re missing the moisturizer between.”

3. Choose the right shampoo.

A shampoo that lathers isn’t always the best option for your tresses, according to Lisa. “The basic philosophy is simple, perfect curls; cleanse, moisturize, style. It’s been my experience that people get the cleaning part right but what they might miss is they’re putting sulfates in their hair and don’t even know it because of the different shampoos, or they’re using something that has a lot of later even though it’s sulfate-free. They don’t really need the lather,” she said.

4. Embrace c-washing.

Cleansing your hair with conditioner is big in the curly hair community, but don’t completely ditch a good sulfate-free shampoo. “When we promoted Hair Milk, the first time we changed the packaging, I started to hear about co-washing maybe 3 years ago, and I remember hearing about all of these curly women not shampooing and just washing with conditioner,” Lisa said. “I started to do that and the only time I would use a shampoo was when we were developing a shampoo. I noticed my hair was fuller and didn’t lay as flat, so I wanted to incorporate that into Hair Milk. I don’t think that it works for everyone’s style because I feel like when you wear your hair straight, you do need to shampoo it just to get product buildup and for more movement.”

5. Remember… your hair won’t completely change overnight.

Transitioning is all about making the decision to go for this change. While it’s exciting and you sometimes get anxious to see results it takes time. “For years we went to the drugstore, we bought a box we put the product in our hair and our hair was permanently changed, so people had the same fear that if they bought the Transition 1-2-3 Kit their hair was going to change right away.” While the results of having clean, conditioned hair can be almost instantaneous, your curl pattern and growth will change over time (for some it may be faster than others). Either way, enjoy the journey and embrace your ‘do.

What are some tips you use for transitioning, Clutchettes?

-Margaret Francois


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  • shadow

    Highly rec you tube. It has a wealth of knowledge from transitioning, to big chop, to caring for a TWA and beyond. It has been a great place for me to start as I learn how to maintain length since going natural. You always have to keep in mind that what works for someone else’s hair may not work for yours, it’s truly a journey concentrate on your hair being healthy …just do you & have fun!

    • You are right on! No two hair journeys are identical. You have learn your hair for yourself.

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  • Ma’at

    One of the most damaging things that women of color do with very tight coils is combing out our hair the wrong way. When you tug and rip through our hair very harshly…you end up damaging your hair and creating split ends. My natural hair stylst said you should first oil your hair and then very delicately comb through the hair in sections by starting at the end of the hair…not the root. As you start from the end…you should carefully combing through it…working your way all the way through as you go down to the root of the hair. You have to have a lot of patience with the process of combing your hair to avoid damage to your hair. I think you have to get use to your hair and just have a lot patience because for the most of us…we’ve gone so long not knowing how to care for our hair the right way.